Super BankerChuck Hawkins and Dean Foust
Bennett A. Brown couldn't have made himself any clearer. Two years ago, the chairman of Citizens & Southern Corp. rejected a hostile takeover bid for his Atlanta bank from NCNB Corp., telling NCNB Chairman Hugh L. McColl Jr. to "go the hell back to North Carolina." Even though McColl told Brown that he had "launched his missiles," the brash, acquisitive McColl backed off with uncharacteristic meekness. Then, Brown led C&S into a merger with Virginia's Sovran Financial Corp.
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